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3.12 - The Stealers from Saiph

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/18/16 9:48 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A decent story with a few solid twists and a nice mystery plot. Mary Tamm does a good job in a Companion Chronicle without other actors. The story it doesn't really capture the personality of the Fourth Doctor in the way he's written. While the plot held your attention, it was not particularly memorable. It's not bad, but ultimately it's forgettable.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/12/15 8:09 am
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This is a rather engaging little tale, expertly and wonderfully told by the late and great Mary Tamm, taking the role of Romanadvoratrelundar, I have always wanted to type the full name into a review. This is one of those tales that is a nice easy listen and, a good way to spend a hour or so listening to the wonderful dulcet tones of Mary recall a story of her and Tom who encounter the parasitic alien life form that has decided of all places to hide itself in the South of France. Nice work if you can get it. It is nice to see this as a setting as it matches the character of Romana very well indeed.


The story is simple uncomplicated affair, that is never a bad thing, as it allows Mary to work with the material in very inclusive manner, and make the most of it. There are parts where you can tell there is an apprehension on Mary's part to portray the parts which are obviously intended to be that of Tom. But it still comes across as a commanding performance. But back to the story. Romana is party to group of people stuck out at very nice Rivera hotel, she, soon gets drawn into a rather strange affair of cave painting, and a alien parasite that seems intent on turning the Mediterranean into a test tube to breed and become the dominant species on Earth. The whole story rumbles along and a wonderful pace, and on retrospect I felt that there was more than Mary in this audio outing, in fact it felt like there was a whole cast. So thus proving the worth of her characterisation's on her part.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 7/22/14 11:52 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Stealers from Saiph is another story I thought was better than its reputation would have you believe. Granted, it isn't one of the classics of the range, but there is still a lot to enjoy.
Because the entire story is told by Romana, with no second voice added, this release is probably closer to an enhanced audiobook than most Companion Chronicles. Having said that, Mary Tamm carries it extremly well. She makes all the characters very easy to distinguish and knows exactly how to perfectly pace her reading.
Some parts of the story are a little slow and the Doctor is rather generic, but on the plus side there are a number of interesting and likable supporting characters and a highly evocative setting. The sound design is simply beautiful, with lots of lovely detail, which makes for a very atmospheric production.
Not the most exciting or innovative release, but an enjoyable listen none the less.
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Reviewed By: MTLReview Date: 6/15/13 2:40 pm
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A very average tale that is only worth listening to for Mary Tamm and Big Finish's usual excellance at conjuring up environments through sound effects. Tamm is an engaging reader and is able to provide distinctive voices for every characters. While her Tom Baker impersonation isn't great, it doesn't help that the Doctor is very bland in this story - there is almost no indication that this is the Fourth Doctor at all and could've been any Doctor. Even Romana herself gets little material beyond being just as clever as the Doctor.

There is potential in the story - an Agatha Christie like story with an alien - but unlike the TV version, this has no wit or charm and just goes through the formula in a dull and uninteresting way. The characters are all caricatures who we don't care for even when threatened by a horrible monster. The monster itself is not particularly frightening despite some horrific imagery.

A lot of wasted talent here makes a dissapointing listening.